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Questions Received About COVID-19 and the SARS-CoV-2 Virus

There are certain questions concerning the current pandemic that I am often asked: How accurate are the current tests for the coronavirus 2? The testing can be divided into two types.  Testing for the virus or polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing and serological testing for the presence of antibodies.  The ...
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What is the Truth About Drugs to Combat COVID-19?

As we are all unfortunately aware, the COVID-19 pandemic caused by the SARS-COV-2 coronavirus is as a result of it being a unique or new virus.  Therefore, we not have any immunity or antibodies against this virus and there are no known treatments.  Physicians, scientists, laboratories and corporations are actively ...
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Coronavirus and COVID-19

To Our Patients: As I am sure you are aware, the health and well-being of our patients is our primary concern at Rothaus Plastic Surgery.  As a result, we wanted to let you be aware of what measures we are taking to protect you during your office visits: We are ...
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Can Botox Help My Scars?

Just hearing the word Botox brings up an image of a wrinkle free brow, the absence of crow’s feet and the loss of vertical lines between the eyebrows.  Most people don’t realize, however, that Botox was not developed to be a plastic surgeon’s wonder drug. Some of the approved indications ...
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The Skinny on Body Sculpting

Non-surgical body contouring encompasses a wide spectrum of energies and devices.  When the patient as the consumer is trying to decide what is the best machine or procedure, the variety of choices can certainly feel overwhelming.  Non-surgical body contouring can be divided into two categories: non-invasive and minimally invasive.  The ...
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FDA Draft Guidance on Breast Implants

This week the FDA issued a draft guidance regarding breast implants. According to 2018 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic surgical procedure with more than 300,000 procedures performed.  Breast reconstruction after mastectomy accounts for in excess of 100,000 additional procedures.  There ...
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New Medical Aesthetician Joins Practice

Kenneth O. Rothaus, MD & Rothaus Plastic Surgery are pleased to announce that Juliana Longoria has joined our staff. Juliana, a graduate of the prestigious Christine Valmy International School for Esthetics, is a New York State licensed medical aesthetician and a skin care specialist.  With more than a decade of ...
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Correction of Length in the Aging Lip

For many individuals, one of the most distressing signs of aging are those changes seen in the upper lip. The patients generally focus on two obvious of these changes: the presence of vertical wrinkles and the loss of volume. The third change, less obvious to most, the lengthening of the ...
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Subcutaneous Breast Reconstruction – Are We Returning to Where We Started?

The original technique for breast reconstruction, as described by one of my mentors (Randall H. Guthrie, MD), involved the creation of a pre-pectoral pocket.  In other words, after the mastectomy and during the reconstruction, the breast implant was placed in the space above the muscle and below the skin. Many ...
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SmartLipo™ vs. Safe Lipo

I don’t pay much attention to what is published about plastic surgery in the lay print media. A patient, however, had questions recently about an article she came across in Allure magazine. This article was heralding the benefits of a widely available liposuction technique, power-assisted liposuction (PAL) which was renamed for ...
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Updates in Plastic Surgery: Breast Reconstructions

The current issue of the journal JAMA Surgery has 3 interesting articles regarding breast reconstruction.  Two of the articles compare the differences between autologous breast reconstruction (using the patient’s own tissues) and implant-based reconstruction.  (Santosa, KB, et. al. JAMA Surg. 2018;153(10):891-899 and Bennett, KG, et. al. Jama Surg. 2018;153(10): 901-908 )  ...
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Treatment of Hair Loss in Woman

Hair loss or alopecia is not a problem limited to men and is much more common in woman than people realize.  In fact, woman represent 15% of patients who undergo a hair transplantation.  The human head has between 100,000 to 150,000 hairs.  The hair follicles are going through a constant ...
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A Wrinkle in Time. How Young is too Young for Botox® Injections?

In 2010, Charice Pempengco, an 18 year old star who was set to join the cast of “Glee” received Botox injections in the Philippines.  At the time Pempengco, now known as Jake Zyrus, said the procedure was done to prepare for a new television role. The backlash was astounding, unleashing ...
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Not your Mother’s Mommy Makeover

Mommy makeovers have been growing in popularity since the term was introduced in 2005. Women who wanted to return to their pre-baby bodies after completing their families began asking plastic surgeons to combine two or more procedures at a time. The term “mommy makeover,” came into existence because these women ...
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Augmentation Mammoplasty and Detection of Breast Cancer

The issue of surveillance for breast cancer is an important one and understandably of concern to patients and their physicians.  The literature indicates that woman who have undergone augmentation mammoplasty do not run a higher risk of breast cancer or present at a later stage. Nevertheless, many surgeons recommend the ...
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